Dixon Joins Shorter Coaching Staff
Former Savannah State football coach Julius Dixon has been named defensive coordinator at Shorter. Dixon was the defensive coordinator at Savannah State in 2009 and served as the Tigers interim head coach in 2010. Shorter is entering their first season as a member of NCAA Division II and will compete in the Gulf South Conference.
Lady Tigers Top Delaware State
Jasmine Kirkland came off the bench to score 24 points to help Savannah State defeat Delaware State 77-71 on February 10 in Dover, Delaware. SSU led by as many as 13 early in the second period but the Hornets rallied with a 15-4 run to trim their deficit to 46-44 with just over 13 minutes left. The Lady Tigers led by two with 1:41 left but scored six straight points and held DSU off the rest of the way. Jasmine Norman added 15 points and Ezinne Kalu had 10. SSU (14-11, 7-4) lost a home game to North Carolina A&T on Feb. 15 by a score of 75-61. SSU trailed by three at the half but started the second period with a 10-2 run.
The Lady Tigers whittled their deficit down to seven but a 14-3 run by the Aggies gave the visitors a 64-46 cushion with 5;20 left. Kalu had 14 points in a losing effort followed by Norman’s 13. Tiyonda Davis added 11points and 9 rebounds while Kirkland chipped in 10 points.
SSU Pounds A&T
Deven Williams scored 24 points to lead Savannah State past North Carolina A&T 73-48 in Tiger Arena on February 15. The Tigers jumped out to a 14-5 run and led 43-20 at the half. With 8:23 remaining, SSU had built a 62-31 cushion and the Aggies could get no closer than 22 the rest of the way. The crowd of 2,612 saw SSU improve to 7-4 in the MEAC and 9-16 overall while shooting 51 percent from the field. Joshua Montgomery had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jyles Smith added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. In a road game on Feb. 10, Delaware State defeated the Tigers 79-59. SSU trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but cut their deficit to eight early in the second period.
The Hornets led 60- 43 with nine minutes remaining and held a 71-48 edge with just over five minutes left. Smith had 13 points and 8 rebounds for SSU but also had 7 turnovers.
Sharpe To Enter SIAC Hall of Fame
Shannon Sharpe will be one of 15 persons inducted into the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on March 5 in Birmingham which will be a part of the Centennial SIAC Basketball Tournament. Sharpe (Savannah State) and Deacon Jones (South Carolina State), a pair of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, along with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Andre “The Hawk” Dawson (Florida A&M), and former Temple University head basketball coach John Cheney (Bethune-Cookman), headline the class of inductees that will be introduced as the SIAC’s centennial Hall of Fame Class. Other Inductees include: Betty Austin (Alabama A&M), Hampton “Hamp” Smith (Albany State), Lonnie Bartley (Fort Valley State), Greg Lloyd (Fort Valley State), Tyrone Poole (Fort Valley State), Clemon Johnson (Florida A&M), Willie “Galloping Gal” Galimore (Florida A&M), William Nicks (Morris Brown), Donn Clendenon (Morehouse), Harold Ellis (Morehouse) and Samuel “Herc” Goodwin (South Carolina State).
SSU Spring Sports Shorts
The SSU indoor track teams participated in the MEAC Indoor Championships February 14 and 15 in Landover, Maryland. The SSU women placed 9th while the SSU men were 10th.
The SSU baseball team started their season on the road against Presbyterian and dropped a double-header on Feb. 16. SSU lost the opener 9-5 and the nightcap 4-0.
The SSU softball team did not fare much better, losing all five games in the Osprey Invitational played in Jacksonville, Florida on Feb. 14-16.
The SSU women’s tennis team won their first match of the year on Feb. 8 with a 7-0 road victory over Alabama A&M but lost home matches to Coastal Carolina on Feb. 14 and to Mercer on Feb. 16 . Coastal defeated SSU 7-0 and Mercer beat SSU 6-1.